The Murrayville Water Supply Protection Area (WSPA) occupies 1,578 square kms centred on the town of Murrayville, between the Murray Sunset National Park and the Big Desert.
The dominant land use within the WSPA is dryland agriculture, however, landholders take advantage of the good quality groundwater and suitable soils to cultivate irrigated crops such as potatoes, cereals and olives.
The area is essentially dependent on groundwater for urban and agricultural water supply, the main resource being the Tertiary Limestone Aquifer. This aquifer - or underground lake - is the primary supply for stock, irrigation and town supplies across the area.
View a map of the Murrayville WSPA
The Murrayville Groundwater Management Plan 2001 provides a management strategy for the Tertiary Limestone Aquifer (the Murray Group Limestone). The plan ensures the Aquifer is protected and used sustainably so that the community can rely on it for years to come. There's also a focus on educating the community on the importance of good water resource management.
Murrayville Groundwater Management Plan 2001 (2.5MB, 86 pages)
The Murrayville WSPA is managed by the rules according to the Murrayville Water Supply Protection Area Plan 2001.
Restrictions on issuing groundwater licences and TWEs:
a) the Upper Limit of Allocation for the zone;
b) the Permissible Consumptive Volume (PCV) for the whole protection area.
Border Groundwaters Agreement
All groundwater resources along the Victorian-South Australian border are also subject to the Border Groundwaters Agreement. This agreement takes precedence over local water licensing authority policies (such as GWMWater's).
Find out more about the Border Groundwaters Agreement (external webpage).
Check the annual report for information on usage, levels and health of the Murrayville WSPA.
Murrayville WSPA Annual Report 2015/16 (2.5MB, 18 pages)
Murrayville WSPA Annual Report 2015/16 - Addendum (275kB, 2 pages)
Groundwater is an essential resource for our community, especially in the western parts of the region.
If you're planning to construct or alter a groundwater bore, you need to apply for a licence before you can start works.
To use groundwater for irrigation or other commercial purposes, you must have a ‘take and use’ licence.
The Murrayville WSPA Implementation Committee was formed to provide advice on the implementation of the Groundwater Management Plan and to provide a forum for consultation with stakeholders.